Supporting Students


  • Given the current circumstances and heightened alertness surrounding CoronaVirus (COVID-19), as parents and caregivers we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. Children may have a whole range of responses to the changes and and stressors associated with preventing COVID-19. They may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

     

    General principles for talking to children

    • Remain calm and reassuring.
    • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
    • Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
    • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
    • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
    • Provide information that is honest and accurate.
    • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
    • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
    • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

     

    Resources for Students 

     

    Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    Helping Children Cope with Emergencies